Hafsa Sheikh holds an MPhil degree in development studies from the Lahore School of Economics. For her graduate research, she explored the impact of personal character strengths on the academic performance of undergraduates. As a student she volunteered for nongovernmental organizations in the health, education, and relief sectors.
Hafsa has five years of professional experience with nonprofit groups such as Akhuwat, an organization that provides interest-free microloans to Pakistan’s poor. She also has worked with Youth Impact, an organization that conducts wilderness-based leadership programs for youth. Serving as the head of social impact, she collaborated with nongovernmental organizations focused on working toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Hafsa also has worked with Training Impact Limited, a corporate training firm, where she learned about human development and experiential education. Hafsa aims to learn about sustainable solutions to ending poverty and also to promote quality education in Pakistan. As a master of global affairs student, Hafsa is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.